Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ice Storms and Crochet

Yep, you read that title right. We've had ourselves an ice storm and Tennessee has declared a state of emergency. It started Sunday evening and we woke up yesterday to ice-covered everything...including the road in front of our house being a solid sheet of ice. There have been countless wrecks, trees down all over the place and the majority of the area has been out of electricity for various amounts of time...and still out in some places. 

Here is a slideshow of pics from my front and back porches as well as a few from hubby's trek out earlier today....

Of course, this is perfect "curl up with some yarn and needles/hook" weather and it would be just plain wrong for me to not take advantage of it! I have three different projects going now and just finished blocking these sweeties...

The pattern is Be My Valentine Dishcloth by Lily / Sugar 'n Cream
found on Ravelry here or directly from the Yarnspirations website here

Yarn Used: Lily Sugar 'n Cream in Red, White and Robin's Egg
Hook Size: US H

This was a sweet little pattern and was very easy to follow. Just to note, the bobbles on Round 4 don't puff out, at least not for me. For the pic I actually had to push them out from behind and pinch them up so that they would be visible. Otherwise, they just pretty much lay flat. Regardless, I really love how they turned out...especially in these beautiful, bright colors!

I was a bit concerned about the red bleeding and ruining my pretty cloths, as well as anything else that might be in the wash with them, so I did myself a little Google search to see if I could find some tips. The general census is to soak the item(s) in a vinegar water bath to set the colors, drain and pat the excess water out (don't wring it out or you'll mess up the fabric) and then block as usual. I have done all of the above and, while I haven't washed them yet, there is not a pink/red spot on the white of the cloth, nor the white towel that I blocked them on, so it looks very promising! I'll let you know if there is an epic fail after washing. 

Not only did my search results lead me to what appears to be a great tip, I also found a really great blog in the process! Hands Occupied by Heidi is, in her own words, "a blog primarily focused on knitting and crochet patterns & tutorials, yarn craft project ideas, and inspiration. Whether it’s a first time knitting project or how to knit your a sweater from start to finish, Hands Occupied is here to help you make it, knit it & own it." In my words, it is a beautifully laid out site with a wealth of information and inspiration! Heidi's posts are easy to read and her personality shines through with a spunky, girl-next-door tone that makes you want to get to know her as she sparks a desire to be creative. If you haven't already stumbled upon this gem yourself, I highly recommend you check Hands Occupied out!

Now, I'm off to work on a gift I've started for one of my nieces. 
Stay safe and warm and I'll talk to you soon!

“Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!… He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes. He casts forth His ice as fragments, Who can stand before His cold? He sends forth His word and melts them He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow.” 
Psalm 147:12-18

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Pencil Cup Cozy To Make a Friend Smile

A wonderful lady who has been volunteering at the pregnancy center for quite a while was just brought on as staff. We got her a few desk supplies in colors that she wanted and helped her really make her desk her own. One thing that we didn't get her was a new pencil cup. The one she had was the perfect size and she really liked it...except for the ugly brown color. Yuck! So this Tuesday while I was off I snuck into the office and while she was busy, I stealthily put all of her pencil cup items in a mason jar and snuck her pencil cup home with me to create a cozy for it that would match her new desk supplies. When I was looking for yarn at The Yarn Patch, our LYS, I came across the perfect color - Lily Sugar 'n Cream Batik Ombre. Here's what I came up with...

I had her pencil cup back on her desk with her items placed back in it and waiting for her when she got to work Wednesday. She was so surprised and happy! Which totally made my heart smile. I got the biggest hug as a 'thank you' to boot! I just love making others smile!

Thanks for visiting with me today. 
I hope that you are having a day full of love and smiles. 

 We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19